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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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Writer-director Isabel Coixet paces her tale with subdued dignity that borders at times on a dogged plod, but which makes it all the more effective in those rare moments when somebody finds it necessary to raise their voice.
Helping with a needed shift to laidback receptivity are self-assured performances by Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, Patricia Clarkson as Violet Gamart and Bill Nighy as the reclusive Edmund Brundish.
The Bookshop is a gentle, quiet film in which not a whole lot happens... But it's beautifully evocative of the musty, inviting smell of a bookshop on a cool day, or of the nostalgic pleasure of old photographs
So little happens, you could probably solve a crossword while watching it; that's how little attention need be paid. But there's something about Emily Mortimer's lovely understated portrayal of Florence that's the equivalent of comfort food.
Mortimer's Florence, who is motivated not so much by high-flown idealism as stubborn everyday determination, holds our attention when she's on her own, as she often is. Her scenes with Nighy are lovely bits of low-key drama and deadpan comedy.